1. Wake up early.
2. Offer Salatul Fajr. 3.Prepare for personal cleanliness take care of
details of clothing, etc.
4. Take a Ghusl (bath) after Fajr.
5. Brush your teeth.
6. Dress up, putting on best clothes available, whether new or cleaned old
6. Use perfume (men only).
7. Have breakfast on Eid-al-Fitr before leaving for prayer ground. On
Eid-al-Adha, eat breakfast after Salaat or after sacrifice if you are doing
8. Pay Zakaat-al-Fitr before Salaat-al-Eid (on Eid-al-Fitr).
9. Go to prayer ground early.
10. Offer Salaat-al-Eid in congregation in an open place except when whether
is not permitting like rain, snow, etc.
11. Use two separate routes to and from the prayer ground.
12. Recite the following Takbir on the way to Salaat and until the beginning
of Salaat-al-Eid. On Eid-al-Adha, Takbir starts from Mughrib on the 9th
Zdilhijjah and last until the Asr on the 12th Zdilhijjah: Allaho-Akber,
Allaho-Akber. La ila-ha ill-lal-lah. Allaho-Akber, Allaho-Akber. Wa-lilahill
hamd. (Allah is greater. Allah is greater. There is no god but Allah. Allah
is greater. Allah is greater. And all praises are for Allah).
HOW TO OFFER SALAAT-AL-EID: Ibn
Abbass (ra) reported: ' I participated in the Salaat-al-Eid-al-Fitr with the
Messenger of Allah (saw), Abu Bakr (ra), Umar (ra) and Uthman (ra), and all
of them held Salaat-al-Eid before Khutbah, and then the Prophet Muhammad
(saw) delivered the Khutbah (sermon)'. Hadith, Muslim
WHO SHOULD GO TO THE PRYER GROUND
AND OFFER SALAAT-AL-EID: Umm Atiyah (ra) reported: 'The Messenger of Allah
(saw) commanded us to bring out on Eid-al- Fitr and Eid-al-Adha, young
women, hijab-observing adult women and the menstruating women. The
menstruating women stayed out of actual Salaat but participated in good
deeds and Duaa (supplication)'. I (Umm Atiyah) said to the Holy Prophet
(saw): 'O! Messenger of Allah, one does not have an outer garment.' He
replied: "Let her sister cover her with her garment." Hadith Muslim. On the
Eid day, every believing man, woman and child must go to the prayer ground
and participate in this joyous occasion.
STRUCTURE OF SALAAT-AL-EID:
Salaat-al-Eid is wajib (strongly recommended, just short of obligatory). It
consists of two Rakaat (units) with six or thirteen additional Takbirs. It
must be offered in congregation. The Salaat is followed by the Khutbah. The
Khutbah is part of the worship and listening to it is Sunnah. During the
Khutbah, the Imam must remind the community about its responsibilities and
obligations towards Allah, fellow Muslims and the fellow human beings. The
Imam must encourage the Muslims to do good and ward off evil. The Muslim
community must also be directed to the state of the community and the Ummah
at large and the feelings of sacrifice and Jihaad should be aroused in the
At the conclusion of the Salaat the
Muslims should convey greetings to each other, give reasonable gifts to the
youngsters and visit each other at their homes. Muslims should also take
this opportunity to invite their non-Muslims neighbors, co-workers,
classmates and business acquaintances to Eid festivities to expose them to
Islam and Muslim culture.
SACRIFICE AND EID-AL-ADHA: Those who
have enough wealth to pay Zakaat must offer the sacrifice for Allah. It is
the tradition of Prophet Ibrahim (as) and a strongly recommended Sunnah. A
lamb, sheep, goat , cow, buffalo, or camel can be offered as the sacrifice.
There are seven shares in a cow, buffalo and camel. The sacrifice should be
accomplished by slaughtering the animal after Salaat-al-Eid. The sacrifice
also called Udhiyah or Qurbani last for three days from 10th Zdilhijjah
until the sunset of 12th Zdilhijjah. The meat should be divided into three
shares: one for the family the second for relatives and friend and the third
share is for the poor and the needy. (Written & copyright by Imam Ali